Asterina blackberry variety

Rating [ 4.5 ]

Very sweet fruits from Switzerland thornless erect-growing cultivar

Originated from a cross of

Originated from a cross of Loch Ness x Chester Thornless

Plants are

Plants are thornless

Bushes have

Bushes have erect canes

Fruit weight is

Fruit weight is 10 g


Berries have a ovate shape

Fruiting habit

Fruiting habit - floricane fruiting (summer-bearing)

Flowering on floricanes starts in the

Flowering on floricanes starts in the first week of June

Ripening date (regular) -

Ripening date (regular) - second week of July

Productivity is

Productivity is 7 kg per plant

Cold hardiness is

Cold hardiness is moderate

Country of origin

Country of origin - Switzerland

Current status

Current status - cultivated (actual)

Blackberry cultivar Asterina was bred in Switzerland as a result of a cross between Loch Ness and Chester Thornless. 
This variety is thornless, erect-growing with a moderate level of vigor. Plants of Asterina are generally very healthy, with no particular susceptibility to pests or diseases having been recorded to date. Fruit ripens from mid-July with a very long cropping period. Berries are very large, about 10 g, shiny black with excellent blackberry-aroma. Drupelets usually are fully ripen. Unlike most other varieties the berries of Asterina do not taste sour even when not quite ripe. Winter hardiness is quite good, but Asterina requires winter shelters.

Useful Growing Guides

Useful Growing Guides:

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Reviews of the variety Asterina

Review from [MosBerry]

Good quality large round berries. Very sweet without any acidic aftertaste. Flavor is wonderful. But easy damaged when the air temperature is more than 30 C and the plant is grown in area with direct sun - the berries and the ends of young stems are drying up.

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